RUPRI Research on COVID Featured in Scientific American Article on Rural Mortality

Research on Nonmetropolitan COVID-19 Cases & Death Rates from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis was featured in a December 14, 2022 Scientific American® article on mortality rates in rural. The article, People in Rural Areas Die at Higher Rates Than Those in Urban Areas by Tanya Lewis, highlights RUPRI’s ongoing COVID tracking that shows that nonmetropolitan rates of COVID incidence and mortality rates began to surpass that of metropolitan areas after initially being higher in metropolitan areas.

The most recent 7-day cumulative data from this month shows that cumulative and 7-day case rates are higher in metropolitan counties, but cumulative mortality rates are higher in nonmetropolitan counties, and 7-day mortality rates are similar in the two county classifications.